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Today, the wonderful Daniel Pawlak got in touch with me with his top tips on vegan snacks to sneak at your desk… Something that I do literally every day. Hopefully you’ll find his tips helpful :)
Hope you like this blog post as much as I liked receiving it!
Four Essential Snacks To Sneak At Work: Vegan Edition by Daniel Pawlak
Most people would agree that staying consistent with a healthy lifestyle can be a challenge.
On one hand, being vegan can help cut out many unhealthy snacking habits. On the other, these limitations can also make the unhealthy snacks you can eat all the more tempting.
Keeping on the right vegan snack track while at work can be tricky, but it’s not impossible. All you have to do is satisfy the cravings for unhealthy snacks by substituting them with something that tastes delicious and is great for you.
So, what are some tasty vegan snacks that will keep you on the right track at work while making up for any dietary restrictions? Here are our top four essential vegan snacks to sneak at work.
1. Frozen Grapes
Fruits are especially important for vegans because they provide the much needed fibre, vitamins, and minerals that might not occur in many other areas of the vegan diet. Which benefits you derive all depends on the fruits you choose.
With antioxidants like polyphenols and no sodium, you really can’t lose with a snack like frozen grapes. First of all, they taste like candy (and, needless to say, are a lot healthier than candy as well).
Secondly, they contain a surprising amount of vitamins and minerals needed in everyone’s daily routine. According to Livestrong, frozen grapes provide protein, calcium, iron, niacin, riboflavin, vitamin A, vitamin C, and vitamin E.
With trace amounts of all of these vitamins and minerals in only one cup of frozen grapes, it is an awesome option for a vegan snack that you can easily keep in the office freezer.
Nutritionists everywhere stand by this healthy vegan snack for a midday pick-me-up. Nuts are a great source of protein, and, depending on what nuts you enjoy, they can also be a great source of zinc, vitamin E, omega-3 fatty acids, or calcium. They are quite the super food in any diet, vegan or otherwise.
One important thing to note about nuts is that eating plain nuts is your best route. Salted, roasted, flavoured, or otherwise manipulated nuts not only change the chemical structure (and possibly the benefits) of nuts; they also add the exact chemicals that make other foods unhealthy. So, always check the container to make sure your nuts are plain, natural ones.
With high fibre content and diverse flavor profiles, vegan granola should definitely be one of your healthy vegan go-to snacks. Granola’s main ingredient, oats, is very fibre-rich and even whole grain, which reduces your risk of some chronic diseases, like cardiovascular disease. Plus, many granolas also have everyone’s favourite snack in them: fruit.
The dried fruits in granola and a good source of iron and other vitamins and minerals required in your day-to-day. To top it all off, the nuts in granola create that extra boost of protein you’ll need to make it through the mid-morning slump.
The downside to granola is: you have to be careful to read the label. Often times, companies add sugars to make granola taste better. These granolas and health risks often outweigh the benefits, so keep your eyes open.
Only buy granolas with all natural ingredients that you recognise. Otherwise, you might be buying a product that does more harm than good.
4. Kale Chips
Everyone has heard about the newest super food on the market: kale. But how does this vegan friendly snack create a well-rounded diet? Chip form or otherwise, kale helps maintain healthy skin, hair, and bones.
According to Medical News Today, kale also reduces the risk of many long-term illnesses, such as diabetes, heart disease, and cancer. Basically, anything you need in a healthy diet, kale probably has it.
Lucky for you, there are also dozens of ways to incorporate kale into your diet. The most popular way of making kale a snack are kale chips. These crunchy potato chip substitutes can be found at virtually any market, or made at home.
However, if you are going to make them at home, be sure and find a well-reviewed recipe. Too often, kale chips come out soggier than the cook might like because of poorly worded recipes.
In some ways, your vegan diet will make healthy snacking a breeze. But, the urges for the sweet and salty snacks of yesteryear might make many snacks irresistible. If you remember that there are healthier ways to get your cravings satisfied, though, you should be good to snack as you please.
Author: Daniel Pawlak is a writer for SnackNation, an office snack delivery service that makes healthy snacking fun, life more productive and workplaces awesome.
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